It is year 1994. Spring. In Jelgava – a small town in Latvia. Janis (14) – behaves well at school, shows interest in all subjects, and studies well. His mother loves him very much. There are exactly two things happening in one day, which change his life completely. One – a new girl, Kristine (15), comes to his class and attracts everybody’s attention immediately. And second– Kurt Cobain commits suicide. Until this moment Janis does not know anything neither about Nirvana, nor about Cobain. But very soon he findsout.
Janis Abele has started film making during his Philosophy studies in university. He graduated Latvian Academy of Culture in 2014 with thesis film Six feet above. The film won Grand Prix at 33rd International short film festival Tous Courts in France so it was the foundation for his debut feature film 7 Billion Years before the End of the World which was released in 2018. Just one year later he finished his second feature film Jelgava ’94. It is an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Janis Jonevs with the same title. Jelgava ’94 had a good box-office run in Latvia and received 4 national film awards including Best Directing for Janis Abele at the age of 29.
Festivals and awards
Latvian Film Prize – Latvian National Film Festival 2019
Jelgava ‘94 (fic.)
Director: Janis Abele
Cast: Bruno Bitenieks, Alekss Taurins, Endijs Zuks
Production: Juris Podnieks Studio
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